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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

Hi Wreck
Mushroom

It's all an illusion.

You can't grow a company by cutting.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-17/big-blue-stock-buyback-machine-steroids

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

Hi Wreck

Flash boyz

It's all a big casino these days, so don't bother yourself with any of that analysis stuff.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

Hi Wreck
FAIL

And the point would be?

Work phone/personal phone?

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Panel: Death of Cisco and Juniper switches are greatly exaggerated

Hi Wreck
Mushroom

Look out below.

It won't be the commodity stuff that puts a stake in Cisco's heart, rather, it will be Huawei.

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Dell reveals 'proof-of-concept' ARM microserver

Hi Wreck

If I were Intel...

I would be quite concerned.

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Dart 1.1 bullseyes JavaScript performance in latest benchmarks

Hi Wreck

Re: JS is the new ASM?

Don't confuse strong typing with dynamic binding. Strong typing just means all type errors are detected, which doesn't necessarily mean at compile time.

Loose typing, while making code easy to write, is a pain in the arse for reliable programs.

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Thumb Up

Re: LDS

Intel machines translate most instructions into a more RISC-like internal architecture. Note that the L1 instruction cache stores pre-decoded instructions. This is a hint. It is truly amazing that a register starved architecture can perform so well. Kudos to the Intel engineers.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

Hi Wreck
Alien

Nonsense!

Time travelers do indeed exist. Just look at the NANEX data just prior to any announcement by the Federal Reserve.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

Hi Wreck

Re: Apple maps - could be worse

Unfortunately, the mapping data for Apple maps still sucks (blame Tom-Tom?). The new bridge over the St Lawrence river on Autoroute 30, which has been open for over a year, still hasn't shown up. Apple maps will want you to go across the crumbling Champlain bridge instead.

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Hi Wreck
FAIL

Re: OOh lets dangle the maps

iOS is not the MAC desktop operating system. Given this rather blaring error, I can only deduce the rest of the post is about as accurate.

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

Hi Wreck
Facepalm

Re: Yeah right

The only relationship between JAVASCRIPT (i.e., browser stuff) and JAVA is they were both developed by coffee=addled C programmers. Browsers run the former in <SCRIPT...>, Browsers should block the latter (and its virtue-less machine).

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Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

Hi Wreck

Intel

Better be worried

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

Hi Wreck
Trollface

Re: email

He probably has an acoustic modem and runs uucp to do that email thing. I'll bet there's still a sendmail config for that!

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Huawei was never interested in buying Blackberry

Hi Wreck
Big Brother

Doesn't need blackberry

'Cause they probably have the secret sauce already. Memories of iOS (no,the other one) come to mind.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Hi Wreck

Re: Doesn't necessarily mean it's Microsoft's fault

Apparently, Microsoft does indeed test their browser, at least on their own web sites. None the less, they still ship it despite "also making life difficult for users of Microsoft's own Outlook Web Access webmail product."

Left hand, meet right hand.

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Hi Wreck

Re: Why??

Except that even some Microsoft sites are borked too: "and is also making life difficult for users of Microsoft's own Outlook Web Access webmail product."

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Hi Wreck

Fairprice financial

'Tis curious that Prem Watsa stepped down from the board just a short time ago only to buy the company lock stock and barrel today. He's also on record saying less than two years ago that the company needed 3-5 years to turn around. Deep discount buy, or catching a falling knife?

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Re: 2 hours?

I'm not that patient.

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Hi Wreck
Go

Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?

I don't know about that. Emacs would certainly be able to use 10 point multitouch.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Thumb Up

Re: Quickoffice files save into Google Drive

It's comfortable knowing your data is not only backed up, but backed up offsie too!

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

Hi Wreck

Re: Why oh why

Mmap(/dev/men)?

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

Hi Wreck
Alien

Blame Canada

Elop was/is a Canadian, ne c'est pas?

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

Hi Wreck

Standard operating procedure

Robert X Cringely would not find this cock up surprising at all. http://www.cringely.com/2013/06/20/ibm-to-customers-your-hand-is-staining-my-window/

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

Hi Wreck

Crufty old machines.

A nice man from AECL came by one day to talk about the nuclear industry. Essentially, keeping the old stuff running is far far cheaper than swapping in new hardware. New stuff means an extended shutdown and recertification. This is not cheap at all, especially the recertification process. So if some bit of hardware beaks, remanufacture the part.

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Blackstone gives up on $25bn bid to snatch Dell from Mr Dell

Hi Wreck
Facepalm

Put a stake in it

And give the shareholders their money back.

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Hi Wreck

Re: Facepalm...

I think we need a few more TROLL roads to make us all pay pay pay.

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

Hi Wreck

I'm lost

What about maps? Google saved iOS's sorry arse.

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My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

Hi Wreck

Superior technology?

Assuming that Microsoft does indeed produce superior technology, it doesn't matter provided that what already exists is good enough. Just ask Sony. Etc.

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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

Hi Wreck
Unhappy

Mark Twain said...

History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme (cough Nortel cough).

New CEO to save company (Zafirovski/Elop). Check.

Cut staff. Check.

Cut product lines. Check.

Cut dividends. Check (this one is the kiss of death.)

It's sad to see.

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Mobile phone sales slump bites Nokia

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Units shipped?

Or money made. I dare say the former, not the latter.

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Ballmer comes not to praise Sinofsky but to bury him

Hi Wreck
Alert

Re: Nothing to see here

Sinofsky has probably gone about as far within Microsoft as he can without displacing Ballmer. He probably reckons that isn't likely.

Perhaps he knows of an opening at Nokia? (or RIM?)

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Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

Hi Wreck
WTF?

Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

Fantastic for Intel. But us plebes? I think not.

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

Hi Wreck
Facepalm

Re: IE x2...., "can't even share bookmarks"

This must mean that the two personalities are running completely different code bases. I would have thought the boffins in Redmond would have learned about Model View Controller by now.

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Intel launches ARM battery life Windows 8 Atom chip

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Re: security

Java - write once, run anywhere. How do you think Intel is trying to gain traction with Android phones?

Otherwise, compile for ARM and Intel. Apple did that for a while with their fat binaries.

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

Hi Wreck
Stop

Assuming of course...

That Microsoft can actually get the thing out the door. Vapourware Lumina versus shipping Galaxy III and iPhone5.

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Microsoft keeps Win Phone 8 under hype-boosting wraps

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Featurecide...

They haven't figured out which parts they have to kill, provided that they can in fact remove them, in order to get thing out the door. This does not bode well.

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

Hi Wreck
WTF?

Re: Well....

Don't you mean four? RIM isn't quite dead yet.

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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Hi Wreck
Coat

Nt

NT started off as a nice micro kernel but that all got tossed out of the pram when they integrated the GUI stuff into the kernel. It has taken them eons to fix that one. Look at QNX for a micro kernel and OS that would do Tannenbaum proud.

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Top 10...

1,000,000

900,000

100,000

20,000

1,000

800

500

200

90

10 - You are here.

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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

Hi Wreck
Windows

Cloudy with a chance of showers

Perhaps the new service will be called l-i-veCloud, without any emphasis on the 'i' of course.

It does seem fitting. Apple had to re-imagine mobile me too, so this is par for the course for microSoft.

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Watchdog sniffs David Beckham's wedding tackle

Hi Wreck
Childcatcher

Long live the queen

Victoria, that is.

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Small pile of cash, dying platform: 2011 is bad news for Nokia

Hi Wreck

When you jump off of a burning platform

One should at a minimum don one's survival suit.

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Microsoft’s Mango update falls from tech tree

Hi Wreck
Alert

And there's the rub...

No wonder AAPL is rolling in the dough. All those different handsets, all just slightly different. The testing must be a right royal pain in the arse.

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Google's Native Client goes live in Chrome

Hi Wreck
Go

Segment registers - wow

So the stack, BSS and code will be disjoint now. What a concept! Mark BSS and Stack non-executable and the code non-writeable. What a concept! I wonder why M$ never figured it out, even though separate segments have been around since the 60s on various machines. I guess one must keep that legacy self-modifying code running.

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

Hi Wreck
Mushroom

Nokia will be next

Google needed the patents. The lawyers must be salivating even as I type.

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Cisco may slash 10,000 jobs

Hi Wreck
FAIL

Deja Vu?

Nortel?

At least Cisco (still) has money in the bank.

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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

Hi Wreck
Pirate

{[Time] (to) {ditch {C syntax}}} ? ;

"The choice of C syntax came about in the early days of the PC, through the need for a language which would deliver satisfactory perfromance on the puny 8086 processors of the day, but which would offer easier coding than pure assembly language. "

Hardly. Try PDP-8 and -11, both of which pre-date the 8080, let alone the 8086, quite substantially. Verbosity was NOT a feature of the language since VT-100 terminals at 9600 baud were all the rage. Real programmers (TM) hate to type.

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Memo gives full details of Nokia staff cull and closures

Hi Wreck
Unhappy

MELTemi

As in sales... How appropriate (unfortunately).

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Android, Steve Jobs, and Apple's '90%' tablet share

Hi Wreck
FAIL

iPhone, yes, iPod, no.

If a tablet is a phone, then Anderoid may dominate. If the tablet is a pod, then it's Apple's all the way. There have been lots of cheap, and not-so-cheap attempts at de-throning the iPod, but none to date have been successful.

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MS plans response to HP's webOS ... in 2013

Hi Wreck
FAIL

And those "actors" are?

"Microsoft researchers unveiled some details of the ServiceOS project last summer, referring to it as a 'multi-principal OS-based browser' for controlling web services and devices."

And who might those 'principals' be? I always thought there was only one princiPAL running a school or that there was a princiPAL architect who ran the show.

Oh, you mean principle... never mind then.

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